Pre-registration for the 2016 edition of Cardiff Half Marathon officially opened last week, with organisers anticipating up to 25,000 participants. The event will play host to the 22nd edition of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, which is expected to attract a host of elite runners to the Welsh capital.
With the date set for Saturday 26 March, 2016, the race will be ideal preparation for many athletes competing in the Rio Olympic Games 147 days later. This will be the largest athletics event to be staged in the country since Wales hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1958.
Lynn Davies, President of British Athletics, commented: "It is fantastic that Cardiff will be hosting a World Championship event of this stature in 2016. Cardiff Half Marathon has already proved itself to be one of the biggest and best road races in the UK and when the best athletes in the world run on the same course the times should be spectacular.
“But the real beauty of this event is that ordinary runners get the chance to line-up on the same start line as the best athletes in the world. That simply doesn’t happen in many other sports. This is a major coup for British and Welsh athletics and should give our home grown talent the chance to shine on their own doorstep.”
Prior to Cardiff, the World Half Marathon Championships were last staged in Birmingham in 2009. The event is yet to witness a male winner, although Liz McColgan and Paula Radcliffe have tasted success in the women's competition. To register your interest, visit the race website here.